Day 10 – July 16th, 2012
The night before, we stayed at 山樂溫泉 Shan-Yue Hot Spring Hotel. We decided to splurge on accommodation at Xin Beitou so that we could have a room with attached private hot spring bath, and thus avoided the hassle of going to a public bath. We paid NT$1980 per room and it was really worth it. We indulged a hot spring bath that night itself after we had checked in. We woke up early the next morning for another round of hot spring bath in the privacy and comfort of our hotel room before we went for breakfast.
Our driver cum tour guide for the day, Mr Orange Lai, arrived promptly as 8.30am. After checking out, we set out for our first destination – Yehliu Geopark.
At Yehliu Geopark, one could see the statue of Lin Tianzhen (as shown above). In 1964, a student who was visiting Yehliu with a group of friends accidentally fell into the sea. Lin, a local fisherman, jumped into the sea in an attempt to save the student. Sadly, both drowned. The statue was set up in memory of Lin’s heroic act.
“The Queen’s Head” (女王頭) is perhaps the most famous rock at Yehliu Geopark. We had to wait in a long queue for our turns to take picture with it. Kiate decided to give it a pass, though, as he couldn’t stand the heat anymore.
While we were there, it was too HOT for us to really enjoy the scenery. Furthermore, the place was too crowded for my liking. Ironically, it was only when I looked at the photos taken at Yehliu that I realised the captivating beauty of Yehliu. If we had gone in spring or autumn when it wasn’t scorching hot, perhaps we would have enjoyed the visit more.